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1Acting or done without forethought:‘they'd married as impulsive teenagers’‘he regretted his impulsive offer’
impetuous, spontaneous, hasty, passionate, emotional, uninhibited, unrepressed, abandonedimpromptu, snap, spontaneous, unpremeditated, spur-of-the-moment, extemporaneousView synonyms
- ‘Apart from some of the impulsive and crazy behaviour we see in adolescence, teenagers appear to be pretty much on a par with adults in most areas.’
- ‘Seeing the puzzled look on her face, I came to an impulsive decision.’
- ‘Scientists have found that heavy smokers have less grey matter in their brains, which could make them more impulsive than non-smokers.’
- ‘Moreover, the speed and ease of electronic communication increases the risk of impulsive action.’
- ‘People who are mentally unstable, especially impulsive teenagers, are predisposed to suicide.’
- ‘Both were hasty, erratic, impulsive men and capable of atrocious judgment.’
- ‘His decisions are impulsive and driven by gut instinct - characteristics he doesn't abide in his staff.’
- ‘You've never done something so impulsive before.’
- ‘We tend to be more impulsive, partly because money isn't such an issue for us.’
- ‘He was impulsive and impatient and wanted things done quickly.’
- ‘Unfortunately, this impulsive act led to a miserable marriage that ended in divorce.’
- ‘I'm an impulsive person, and I have been known to write things I later regret.’
- ‘So I made this totally random and impulsive stop on the way home from work.’
- ‘My weaknesses are that I'm impatient, impulsive and slightly stubborn.’
- ‘She was entirely too impulsive, but that was one of the things he loved about her.’
- ‘After dark, the cruise ship encourages carefree and impulsive enjoyment.’
- ‘She and Sam are alike: impulsive, creative, mercurial and entertaining, but they never pay any attention to anybody else.’
- ‘I saw someone who could be impulsive and crazy in a nice way.’
- ‘Lynn once told me that I should be more impulsive.’
- ‘Borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood instability and impulsive aggression.’
Acting as an impulse:‘the approaching waves contain an impulsive component’
- ‘It turns out that most of the sounds are various manifestations of impulsive radio emissions from lightning.’
- ‘An impulsive VHF event occurs, and the radiation from it arrives at a given remote station.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘tending to impel’): from French impulsif, -ive or late Latin impulsivus, from Latin impuls- driven onwards (see impulse). impulsive dates from the mid 18th century.
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